Military suicide: Often young, white men with guns

Military suicide: Often young, white men with guns

Military suicide: Often young, white men with guns

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by Associated Press

WVEC.com

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 2:47 PM

The Pentagon released final data on military suicides during 2012, painting a general picture of those more likely to take their own lives: Young, white men who used a gun and often had some history of mental health issues.  
 
   -- Almost 93 percent were male
 
   -- 74 percent were white
 
   -- Almost 40 percent were between 17-24
 
   -- 65 percent used a firearm; almost 76 percent of those used a gun that was not issued by the military
 
   -- 25 percent died of asphyxiation, including hanging
 
   -- More than 33 percent tested positive for alcohol use; about 24 percent tested positive for drugs
 
   -- 55 percent of unsuccessful suicide attempts involved drugs
 
   -- 42 percent had a history of some type of behavioral health diagnosis
 
   -- More than 28 percent had talked about harming themselves prior to the suicide
 
   -- 40 percent reported family or relationship stress in the 90 days prior to suicide;  32 percent reported financial or work stress
 
   -- 57 percent had been deployed
 
   -- 47 percent had been deployed to the Iraq or Afghanistan wars

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